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For Brenda Gunderson,
teaching statistics at the
University of Michigan
appeared almost inevitable
from the moment she set
foot on campus as a gradu-
ate student in 1986 to pur-
sue a Ph.D.
Now, more than two
decades after completing
her degree, Gunderson, a
senior lecturer in Statistics,
teaches the 1,500 students
enrolled in Statistics 350 in
the position she describes
as her "dream job."
Citing a deep passion for
the field of statistics and a
desire to teach, Gunderson
said she began her teach-
ing career immediately
afte graduate school in
Ann Arbor. And though
Gunderson has spent the
majorityofhercareer atthe
CRIME NOTES

University coordinating
Stats 350, she has remained
relentless in refining the
course, from its curricu-
lum to its unique grading
system - which provides
students the option to drop
their two semester exams
entirely and have their
final exam score determine
the test component of their
final grade.
"Something that I pride
myself on is that we have
a fairly organized class
and the students can find
the materials they need,"
Gunderson said. "We try to
provide the students with
many opportunities to suc-
ceed."
In addition to her senior
lecturer post, Gunderson
also advises undergradu-
ate students who choose

to take statistics courses.
Though many students
who enroll in her course
are not necessarily statis-
tics majors, Gunderson
advises undergraduates
to continue the subject by
taking more courses and
to pursue a minor if they so
wish.
"I think that every stu-
dent should take a statis-
tics course at some point
in order to be quantita-
tively literate and know
what news that is out there
is worth listening to,"
Gunderson said.
Though Gunderson
remains extremely pas-
sionate about her work in
statistics and her future
endeavors for her course,
which include further
integrating technology to

enhance the learning expe-
rience, she insists that stu-
dents have been the main
reason she's continued
toenjoy teaching.
Gunderson said that
accepting the Golden
Apple award she received
from her students in 1999
was her most meaningful
achievement, adding that
she is extremely grate-
ful for everything that her
teaching career has pro-
vided.I
"The students make the
difference," Gunderson
said. "I have good days and
I have some days that don't
go as well, but I love work-
ing with the students and
having the opportunity ARIEL iON/Daily
to interact with them is a statistics Senior Lecturer Brenda Gunderson currenly
greatfeeling." teaches approximately 1, 500students Statistics 350,
- SCOTT SUH something she calls her"dreamjob."

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NASA will not send more
astronauts to the moon by
2020 as planned, if Presi-
dent Barack Obama's proposed
budget is passed by Congress,
CNN.com reported. The budget
would completely cut funding
for NASA's Constellation Pro-
gram.
Legislation that was
recently passed by the
state House and state
Senate would make Michi-
gan the 28th state that cur-
rently has a partial or total
ban on texting while driving.
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Faculty at the University
of Texas are protesting
a raise that was given
to the school's head football
coach, The Nation reported.
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and hiringfreezes, the Univer-
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$2-million raise.

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